High-Intensity Interval Training: Your Guide to Fast, Effective Exercise

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital February 4, 2016

High-intensity interval training (HITT) is a form of exercise in which short periods of intense exercise are alternated with less intense recovery periods.

High-intensity interval training (HITT) is a form of exercise in which short periods of intense exercise are alternated with less intense recovery periods.

What is high-intensity interval training?

High-intensity interval training (HITT) is a form of exercise in which short periods of intense exercise are alternated with less intense recovery periods. It also may be called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), sprint interval training (SIT), or Tabata (after the professor who studied this type of training in Olympic speed skaters).

Any form of cardiovascular exercise can be used to develop a HIIT program. A session usually lasts from five to 30 minutes, and intervals can range from five seconds to eight minutes. The high-intensity interval should be performed at 80 to 95 percent of your maximal heart rate. Recovery periods should be performed at 40 to 50 percent of your maximal heart rate. The workout then continues with alternating high-intensity and recovery periods until completion.

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Boston Marathon – Getting Ready for Race Day

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 16, 2015

Dr. Cheri Blauwet is a member of the Women’s Sports Medicine team and two-time winner of the Boston Marathon women’s wheelchair division.

Today’s post is from Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Team Physician for Stonehill College Athletics, and Dr. Cheri Blauwet, a member of the Women’s Sports Medicine team and two-time winner of the Boston Marathon women’s wheelchair division.

As we move into spring, road race season has come into full gear. Distance running is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and is available at distances from the mile to the marathon – and everything in between! Perhaps you are even training for the big event, our own Boston Marathon.

When thinking about race day, it is important to keep some basic principles in mind. By being well-prepared, your event is assured to be more fun and successful. Below are some tips.

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